Blogging on the ADA Restoration Act of 2007

Posted on 21 August 2007. Filed under: ADA Restoration Act of 2007, Advocacy, Audism |

Thinking of blogging on the ADA Restoration Act of 2007? Looking for the inspiration of other bloggers, whether Deaf/deaf/HOH/Deaf-blind or hearing, with or without a disability? Look no further. I’m going to link to all the blog posts that I can find on the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 right here. Just click and follow the links.

Yes, the list includes my own blog posts–and every other blog post out there that I’m able to locate. Well, mostly. I skip the ones that are basically just a link to some other blog post, or in which the ADA Restoration Act receives only a passing mention. And I don’t go back further than July 26 2007, the day on which the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 was introduced in Congress.

I’m going to organize these in reverse chronological order–meaning, with the most recent blog posts at the very top and older blog posts toward the bottom. For each entry, I will give the title of the post (click on the title to see the blog post in question), the screen name of the blogger, and the date of the post. And I’ll give a one-line summary of what the post is about. If I think it’s especially well-written or well worth reading, I’ll say so.

Did I miss YOUR blog post on the ADA Restoration Act of 2007? If so, leave a comment here with a link. I’m planning to post a fresh collection of blog posts on a sporadic basis (maybe every 1 to 10 days, depending on my schedule and how active the bloggers are), so I’ll try to catch you the next time around.

Before the list of individual blog posts, let me remind you that there is an entire blog site devoted just to the ADA Restoration Act at I haven’t had a chance yet to look closely at it, but it seems to be an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to get involved but first want to educate themselves about the legislation, why it’s important, and what’s being done with it now. They don’t seem to update it very often (the most recent post is August 10), but they do have a treasure trove of related links on the right hand side of the page.

Now, the list starts here:

ADA Restoration Act of 2007, here at ReunifyGally August 20 ’07, encouraging readers to keep themselves informed of what’s happening with the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 and get involved.

Save This Date by AccessAlaska on August 20 ’07, about the Road to Freedom Tour’s August 28 stop in Alaska. The Road to Freedom Tour is designed to bring attention to both the successes and the failures of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The Power of YOUR Words, here at ReunifyGally on August 19 ’07, on why it’s important not merely to sign a petition supporting the ADA Restoration Act but also to use the comments area to add your own thoughts.

Baseball For All: Freedom Bus at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa by the Road to Freedom Tour, August 10 ’07, about the Aug 10 ADA celebration and education event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Message from Rep. Ed Permutter (D-CO) re: ADA Restoration Act by A Liberal’s Hit List. Blogger Bret wrote to Rep. Permutter encouraging his support of the ADA Restoration Act and received this reply back.

Urge Your Senators to Support the ADA Restoration Act 2007 by Stephen’s Blog, Aug 16 ’07. Explains why the ADA Restoration Act matters particularly to people with epilepsy, encourages people to write a letter to their Senator about the Senate version of the bill (S.1881) and points people to more resources including “talking points”.

ADA Restoration Act of 2007 blog by Wheelie Catholic, August 12 ’07. Points readers to the ADA Restoration Act blog and shares some of the text that the Restoration Act might ammend to the original ADA.

The ADA At Seventeen: How’re we doing? by “Somewhat Equal…” August 8
’07. Differing perspectives on the original ADA and on the restoration

Advocacy Line, Part 2 by The Roving Activist’s Blog, August 7, ’07. Among other activism alerts, includes some information on the ADA Restoration Act.

Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is Marked by Introducing the ADA Restoration Act by People Profit Power, August 5 ’07. Do read this one, especially if you’re still new to the ADA Restoration Act. It gives a good overview of the history and rationale of the ADA Restoration Act, with particular attention to the House version of the bill (H.R. 3195) and what ordinary citizens can do about it (naturally: ask your representative
to support H.R. 3195). Anyone with MS will be interested to know that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society supports the ADA Restoration Act.

ADA Restoration Act of 2007 Blog, by Active Disability Advocacy, August 4,
’07. About the blogger’s attempts to persuade Representative Wally Herger, in the 2nd Congressional District of California, to support the House version of the ADA Restoration Act (H.R. 3195).

Restoring the Americans with Disabilities Act, here at ReunifyGally, August 4, 2007. On why I think the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 (HR 3195, S.1881) is important.

Dean Marks 17th Anniversary of ADA by Steve Goddard’s History Wire, August 2, ’07. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issues a statement supporting the ADA Restoration Act.

Sensenbrenner Introduces Legislation to Restore Americans with Disabilities Act by Community News, August 1 ’07. On the introduction of the ADA Restoration Act.

ADA Restoration Act of 2007 by Living With Epilepsy, August 1 ’07. On why the ADA Restoration Act matters to anyone who lives with epilepsy–or any other condition that can be controlled, but not eliminated, with medications or assistive devices.

ADA Updates? Should I Hold My Breath? One deaf blogger’s opinions on what the ADA Restoration Act means to him.

Forced to choose between treating their condition … July 27, ’07 by Tampa’s
Back Door Ways. Posts a letter from Senator Tom Harkins on why the ADA Restoration Act was introduced.

National Spinal Cord Injury Group Fully Supports Restoration of the ADA Act, A press release from the United Spinal Association, July 26 ’07. As the title says.

[EDITED TO ADD]: This next one is older than I had meant for this list to include–but since Roblog was kind enough to alert us to it, here goes: ADA Restoration Act of 2007 coming soon by Roblog, July 22 ’07. On why the ADA Restoration Act matters to Deaf people and urging them to contact their Congressional representatives.

I hope more bloggers will jump in and add their own words, thoughts, insights, and inspiration to the rest. If you do, please post your link in the comment area here (or any other relevant place in my blog). Eventually I would like to post a follow up to this list with more recent blog posts by more bloggers of all stripes–Deaf bloggers in, deaf and HOH bloggers not in, and hearing people whether with other disabilities or not.

If you are registered to vote in the United States, then don’t forget to go sign the on-line petition at (Well, don’t if you’ve already signed it, of course.) BE SURE to use the comment area in the petition to dramatically boost the power of your signature by adding your own personal comments about WHY you think the ADA Restoration Act is important. If you have any stories to share about specific incidents in which you experienced discrimination because the courts have weakened the ADA too much to protect your rights, then this is the place to share those stories.


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8 Responses to “Blogging on the ADA Restoration Act of 2007”

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I have blogged about the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 last month – go here:–?cq=1&p=869

Thanks, Rob. I really only meant for the list to go back to July 26 because most older posts were written to encourage people to encourage representatives to be an original co-sponsor of HR 3195, whereas now the focus (as I understand it) is simply on getting representatives and senators to pass it (HR 3195 or S.1881). But since you post it here, I’ve now edited the current post to add your link.


I forgot to add …

Rob … any chance you will blog on the ADA Restoration Act again, now that it has been officially introduced but not yet officially passed? If so, of course please do make sure to let me know (right here will do … or, really, pretty much anywhere on my blog).

Hi, Andrea

As far as I know, the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 is pretty much shelved for now because Congress is on recess until after Labor Day. I was told by a deaf attorney visiting Cleveland, Ohio for a workshop presentation that the act started up last year but it went through slow congressional processes, like many other congressional acts usually does. Don’t hold your breathes when Congress come back and get to work on that act right away, it might be awhile before they get to it after going through voting major heavy bills first. You know, first things first which they put off last month at the last moment before going into recess.

Eventually, the restoration act will come around once the initial pressures from NAD and other disabled groups come in next month or so. We’ll see.

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